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Challenge Week 6

So the pattern this month so far seems to be low impact Core Exercises, Walking, and a single long ride. Yesterday I rode to Ikea Rhodes via the Parramatta River Cycleway which I have to say was very enjoyable since the ride was 90% cycle paths and I rarely had to ride on the road. Which resulted in my ride being much shorter in relation to time and distance.

From the beginning of my ride till the end my rear wheel was really wobbly, not unstable, just wobbly, and it too me a while to put two and two together. It turns out my spokes are really loose, so because I am really clumsy when it comes to bike repairs I will probably end up ordering a new rear wheel and practice repairing the wheel with loose spokes. I am a bit worried since if I

To give you an example of how clumsy I am when it comes to repairs, I am the type of person who will puncture a new tube when replacing a flat. I can at count at least three times I have done this, and probably another occasion was when I was replacing the tire with an new one and punctured the tube inside the wheel.

I rode to Ikea to buy my daughter a book and plush doll, but in the end I could only buy the book as the doll was sold out. I really wanted the doll so I attempted to take the display one, but I got caught by an Ikea staff member, and was told “We cannot sell you display items”. I was totally gutted, and tried to search the whole kids area but no dice. When I went to check out, said Ikea staff member was working the check out. I guess she wanted to make sure I didn’t try and take the display item.

Since I was in Rhodes (an official hot spot for Pokemon Go) I decided before riding home I would play for a few minutes, but unfortunately my phone did not want to cooperate and crashed several times.


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Strava vs S Health (Walking)

Recently I upgraded my phone after a very long period of time, I moved up to a Samsung phone with S Health. Which is an app that tracks your walking via some sort of Stepometer function.

When comparing the two applications I found that Strava was more generous when it came to Calories burnt per Kilometer than S Health. I know the reason why which is because in Strava there are only two options Cycling or Running. The algorithm used to calculate KM > CAL is based on running rather than walking.

Average Calories per Kilometer

  • Strava: 140 Calories per Kilometer
  • S Health: 50 Calories per Kilometer

Based on this I will need to re-evaluate the Calories burnt recorded with Strava Weeks 1-3, I feel slightly annoyed but I am not surprised that if I used an app calibrated for running to record walking that the Calories could be a bit off.

I will keep Strava to record my cycling, but I will look at using S Health in favor of Strava when recording my walking.

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Challenge Week 2

Week two my goals were to by pass my previous weeks Calories burnt which I manged to do. On the Sunday of week two I cycled 18 km by accident, when I decided to check out some cycle paths out near where I lived. For those of you that may live in the Wentworthville / Parramatta area in Sydney. I rode the cycle path that takes you from Merrylands to Fairfield, and I road it as far as I could before hitting a “Dead End”.

I wasn’t checking my map while I was riding and when I got home I wish I did as I ended up missing another section of the path that would have taken me up further to Canley Vale. So in the end I rode 18 km in around 90 mins which included a few minutes of me getting lost and just using my sense of direction to get home.

Distance: 56.6 km
Calories: 1480
Time: 04:10:27

Distance: 3.1 km
Calories: 432
Time: 00:38:52

Some of the numbers could be higher or lower due to some of my rides/walks not being recorded by Strava. In the case of where I was unable to record with Strava, I would calculate calories by using the lowest average calories burnt by km. For cycling my lowest average is 23.6 calories per km.

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Challenge Week 1

The first week of my personal Daily Exercise Challenge wasn’t as intense as I had planned it to be but still I managed to do some form of exercise everyday. I was a bit slack on doing my core routine. If I didn’t go for a ride or a walk I just did a small set of push ups.

For all my walks I used the Strava App which produced some interesting results mostly when it came to calories burnt and the distance required to burn calories.

Distance: 31 km
Calories: 899
Time: 02:14:04

Distance: 5.8 km
Calories: 761
Time: 01:01:18

My cycling distance is much lower then I planned mostly due to not being able to ride home some nights after work because I had to carry some heavy things home that couldn’t really be mounted on my bike.

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Daily Exercise Challenge

After attempting a Buzzfeed 21 Day Strong Core challenge which I almost finished but I ended up failing around day 18 probably. Mostly due to restless nights with my wife and daughter, I would either sleep in and miss my routine in the morning or be too busy at night to make up for the missed morning session.

But the main reason I stuck with it because I was blogging about it on my tumblr so I felt that I had to commit too it. I really hated one of the core exercises and would always fall over but, I would always do it and never skip.

I have decided to challenge myself to exercising daily, I love to cycle so I will at least ride to and from work which is 4km each way. Or if I wake up super early I can make time for a single 10km loop. If I fail to make time for either I will at least do some other form of exercise such as core exercises or push ups.

Now why I am I blogging about this again? Well late 2014 I was cycling and put myself on a low carb diet, as well as attempted to lower my sugars and dairy. I lost about 15kg in a span of a few months. Mostly because I rode 18km a day (9km to work and 9km back from work). But unfortunately I didn’t track what I ate or track how many calories I burnt off.

I plan to keep track of my meals as well as calories and exercises in the day, I will probably post via different platforms or have a weekly round up. Check my twitter feed for any social media updates.

I will track my cycling with Strava which a great app and I have decided to trial the Optiman meal replacement shake for my breakfast. Mostly because because of the short distance to work I can’t really eat what I used to eat if I want to burn calories.

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